Sugar Goes to School

Sugar loves Janet her trainer and she loves the training treats.

Sugar loves Janet her trainer and she loves the training treats.

As everyone knows, I am a sucker for sugar, both the sweet stuff and the fluffly white tornado that is now a part of our family. We got Sugar when she was just 8 weeks old and she has been working on training us ever since.  So far, we haven’t taught her anything but she has taught us that she is in control of the situation.

Sugar has become emotionally attached to one of my slippers – just the right one, not the left.  That puzzles me because I didn’t think dogs knew their right from left. I can only imagine my right foot gives off some kind of wonderful musky odor. I’ve checked this on Google, but there are no case studies indicating a single foot attraction.

She’s also eaten the welting off of the corner of the sofa in my office, plus a countless number of sticks, twigs and branches from the yard.  Three days ago she came upon a Palm branch that had fallen from a tree and for a while I thought she was also going to tackle that.  This dog seems to have lost sight of the fact that she is only 6 pounds!

Anyone interested in a game of ball. I'll take it and run, you try to catch me - OK?

Anyone interested in a game of ball. I’ll take it and run, you try to catch me – OK?

Last week, we finally faced the hard truth… Sugar has to go to training class.

We registered her in the Pet Smart Puppy Training Class with high hopes for results. Here’s what happened…

Sugar wagged her tail a lot. She made friends with a black and white puppy named Oreo. She wrapped the trainer around her little paw. She got a lot of training treats for a very little bit of performance. And, she pooped on the floor which sent her Daddy scurrying off for the clean-up bags and wipes.


This first week was Sugar’s introduction to socialization and listening. She did quite well on the socializiation, I have my doubts about the listening.  I hope this is not a harbinger of what is to come. Stay tuned…

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Bette Lee Crosby

USA Today Bestselling and Award-winning novelist Bette Lee Crosby's books are "Well-crafted storytelling populated by memorable characters caught up in equally memorable circumstances." - Midwest Book Review The Seattle Post Intelligencer says Crosby's writing is, "A quirky mix of Southern flair, serious thoughts about important things in life and madcap adventures." Samantha from Reader's Favorite raves, "Crosby writes the type of book you can't stop thinking about long after you put it down." "Storytelling is in my blood," Crosby laughingly admits, "My mom was not a writer, but she was a captivating storyteller, so I find myself using bits and pieces of her voice in most everything I write." It is the wit and wisdom of that Southern Mama Crosby brings to her works of fiction; the result is a delightful blend of humor, mystery and romance along with a cast of quirky charters who will steal your heart away. Her work was first recognized in 2006 when she received The National League of American Pen Women Award for a then unpublished manuscript. She has since gone on to win nineteen awards for her work; these include: TheRoyal Palm Literary Award, the FPA President's Book Award Gold Medal, Reader's Favorite Award Gold Medal, and the Reviewer's Choice Award.


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